Germany Women’s World Cup 2023: Squad, fixtures and key players

The two-time World Champions Germany qualified with ease, winning nine out of ten games in the qualification group to secure their place in their ninth Women’s World Cup Finals. 

Two-time winners, one-time runners-up and twice finishing fourth, the Germans are fourth in the list of favourites to win the competition in Australasia behind the USA, England and Spain. 

It’s time to take a look into the squad selected by Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, as DFB-Frauen hope to slash the odds and take home their third gold medal on the biggest stage. 

Germany Women's World Cup squad

Goalkeepers

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea)
  • Merle Frohms (Wolfsburg)
  • Stina Johannes (Frankfurt)
  • Ena Mahmutovic (Duisburg)

Defenders

  • Sara Doorsoun (Frankfurt)
  • Marina Hegering (Wolfsburg)
  • Kathrin Hendrich (Wolfsburg)
  • Sophia Kleinherne (Frankfurt)
  • Sarai Linder (Hoffenheim)
  • Sjoeke Nusken (Frankfurt)
  • Felicitas Rauch (Wolfsburg)
  • Carolin Simon (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders

  • Sara Dabritz (Olympique Lyonnais)
  • Chantal Hagel (Hoffenheim)
  • Svenja Huth (Wolfsburg)
  • Paulina Krumbiegel (Hoffenheim)
  • Lena Lattwein (Wolfsburg)
  • Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea)
  • Lina Magull (Bayern Munich)
  • Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)

Forwards

  • Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg)
  • Nicole Anyomi (Frankfurt)
  • Jule Brand (Wolfsburg)
  • Klara Buhl (Bayern Munich)
  • Laura Freigang (Frankfurt)
  • Lea Schuller (Bayern Munich)
  • Tabea Wassmuth (Wolfsburg)
  • Sydney Lohmann (Bayern Munich)

Germany Women's World Cup squad key players

Scoring 47 goals and conceding just five in the qualification group, Germany have a squad packed with talent in all areas, from powerful protectors of the goal to clinical goal-getters. 

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will be spoilt for choice in her game-to-game selection, with goals coming from both the midfield and the front line, however a handful of names stand out as firm starters ahead of the tournament. 

Merle Frohms

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With a host of goalkeeping talent on show in the squad, it’s most likely that Merle Frohms will be Voss-Tecklenburg’s first choice to venture through the tournament. The 28-year-old played nine out of the 10 qualifying games, and has made a total of 40 appearances for her country. At the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Wolfsburg ‘keeper had made just four appearances for Germany, with this year looking to be a very different individual tournament. 

Marina Hegering

The 33-year-old centre-back played 450 minutes at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and impressed at the 2022 European Championship, being named in the “XI of the Tournament”. The Wolfsburg central defender brings experience and composure to the back line, with the Bocholt-born ace aiming to add to her 29-caps obtained so far. 

Lina Magull 

After scoring three goals in the qualifying games, the 28-year-old will be a favoured choice in midfield for her strengths in playmaking and finishing. Magull brings a threat many will be familiar with, having seen her score eight goals at last year’s European Championships. With 22 goals in 72 appearances for Germany, the Dortmund-born star is a key name in Voss-Tecklenburg’s squad. 

Lea Schuller 

The 25-year-old Schuller is a key reason as to why Germany qualified for the Women’s World Cup, having netted a monstrous 15 goals in the qualifiers. In 47 appearances for her country, the Bayern Munich striker has seen her name on the scoresheet 31 times, making her an assured choice to dominate the front line in Australasia. 

Sara Dabritz 

In Dabritz, Voss-Tecklenburg can equip a player with experience, skill and an eye for goal, with the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder looking to secure her 100th appearance for Germany at the tournament. Currently on 97 appearances, the 28-year-old has netted 17 goals so far as a strong asset in the middle of the park for her country. 

Alexandra Popp 

Last but not least, is Germany’s captain. With 128 appearances for DFB-Frauen, the forward has been a part of her country’s World Cup ventures since her tournament debut in 2011. The 32-year-old captained Germany in France in 2019, adding experience, authority and a goalscoring threat to the side, she will hope to add to her tally of 62 national team goals. 

Germany Women's World Cup fixtures

Germany will play their three group stage fixtures in Australia, kicking off in Melbourne to then venture on to Sydney to eventually end the group stage in Brisbane.  

  • 24/07/23 – Germany vs Morocco 
  • 30/07/23 – Germany vs Colombia 
  • 03/08/23 – South Korea vs Germany 

Germany Women's World Cup Predictions

It’s difficult not to expect Germany to progress through the group stages with ease, and considering their path to qualifying for the tournament, it would be daft not to consider them as potential medal receivers. 

A silver medal at last year's European Championships could spur Voss-Tecklenburg’s side to seek redemption and win their third Women’s World Cup. However, the stakes are high this year, with fellow top teams pushing to claim ultimate stardom. 

With the USA and England leading as favourites to win the competition, it could be a safe assumption to place Germany in for a bronze medal win this summer. 




Rosie is an NCTJ Sports Journalism graduate with over five years' experience in digital journalism across various diverse media.